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Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews is a writer and scholar who has taught on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University College Cork. Stateside, he has taught at Bard College at Simon’s Rock since 2007. In addition to the Fulbright, Mathews has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant (2015), a Martha Boschen Porter Fund Grant (2015), and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2012), among others. His work has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Cincinnati Review, and Glimmer Train. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s from the University of Virginia. The World of Tomorrow is his debut novel. The book follows the events in the lives of one Irish family, both in Ireland and in New York City, during one week in 1939. The World of Tomorrow was selected as a BookExpo Buzz Panel pick in 2017 and longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, praised the novel: "with the wit of a ’30s screwball comedy and the depth of a thoroughly researched historical novel, this one grabs the reader from the beginning to its suspenseful climax."

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